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Volunteers like you help Catholic Charities to serve more than 120,000 men, women and children each year. 
Thanks for joining us!

We are using a new online system to help get volunteers involved with our work. This new system will help us best match you to volunteer opportunities. You will be able to use the system to find volunteer opportunities, sign up for volunteer shifts, track your hours, view your schedule, and more! Click a button below to get started. If you have any trouble submitting an application, please contact


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


Current Positions



Shelter Hospitality: Help shelter staff welcome and check in clients, distribute sheets and toiletry items, serve dinner, and other shelter tasks, as needed. Volunteers will treat the residents with dignity and respect. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers are asked to serve one night a week from 6:30-8:30pm for at least six months. Additional training is provided.

Apply here to serve at Adam's Place Men's Shelter in NE DC.
Apply here to serve at New York Ave. Men's Shelter in NE DC.
Apply here to serve at 801 East Men's Shelter in SE DC.


Welcome Home Reentry Program Mentoring: Support men and women who are returning to society after incarceration. Mentors must be at least 25 years old. Commitment: four hours a month for one year. Volunteer and mentee determine schedule and location.

Apply here to mentor in Washington, DC.
Apply here to mentor in Montgomery County.
Apply here to mentor in Prince George's County.

Family to Family Mentoring: Empower low-income families in Washington, DC to become self sufficient. Help mentee-families build a strong community support network and gain the skills and confidence to nurture family relationships. Mentors provide families with support and positive relationship models, while promoting personal responsibility and accountability. Mentors must be at least 25 years old and commit to volunteering four hours a month for one year. Volunteers and mentees determine their own meeting schedule and location. Apply here!

ESOL Instructors: The ESOL Instructor will teach beginner to intermediate level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. The volunteer will prepare a comprehensive ESOL lesson plan, teach ESOL to adults based on Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) standards, keep a record of student attendance, and attend trainings offered by the Agency or the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL). The volunteer also helps with registration, testing, student surveys and evaluation as needed.  During the week, the opportunity is available to teach 2-4 days a week – depending on the level and time availability/commitment.  Classes are offered Mondays to Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Gaithersburg Middle School. On the weekends, classes are offered on Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg. Experience working with the immigrant community and one year experience teaching or working with adults is required. Volunteer must be fluent in English, have the ability to design and apply lesson plans using the program’s curriculum, and have strong Microsoft Office Suite and internet skills. We ask for a 12 week commitment. Apply here!


Hope Corps Member: Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Services is recruiting energetic and reliable young adults to serve on the 2017 Hope Corps!  The Hope Corps members will help Catholic Charities’ programs engage large numbers of volunteers in impactful, recurring volunteer projects. Hope Corps members will serve in teams to lead volunteers at monthly projects at a Catholic Charities program site. Apply here!


Dental Professionals: Join the Mid-Maryland Dental Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival.  Help provide 2,000 uninsured people experiencing dental calamity with $2M worth of emergency treatment.  Dentists of all specialties, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental students, and medical professionals are welcome! Register in advance to secure the shifts you want to serve.  Shifts are half a day: bring your own team or volunteer with volunteer assistants and dental students.  The event is September 7, 8, & 10, 2017 at the University of Maryland Xfinity Center, College Park, MD. Get more information and register here!

Financial Stability Network Coaches, Mentors and Tax Preparation Volunteers: Join the Financial Stability Network! Volunteers are needed to provide pro bono services to low income families and individuals in the Archdiocese of Washington. Apply here!

Doctors: Medical professionals are needed to provide primary and specialized health care to clients either at one of our Spanish Catholic Center Medical Clinics or their own office. Volunteers must have active licensure or credentialing. This is not an appropriate volunteer role for medical students. Volunteers are needed during regular business hours in both the Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. Clinics. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially helpful. We cannot meet the needs of our community without volunteer support. Apply here!

Dentists:Professionals are needed to provide primary and specialized dental care to clients either at one of our Spanish Catholic Center Dental Clinics or their own office. Volunteers must have active licensure or credentialing. This is not an appropriate volunteer role for dental students.Volunteers are needed during regular business hours in both the Montgomery County and Washington, D.C.Clinics. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially helpful. We cannot meet the needs of our community without volunteer support. Apply here!

Nurses: Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are needed to serve in both the Montgomery County and Washington, DC Medical Clinics. These volunteers will help respond to medical phone calls, triage patients, refer patients for future care, follow up on patient applications and educate patients about health issues. Bilingual Spanish/English nurses are especially needed. All RN and LPN volunteers should be able to communicate in Spanish at the intermediate level or above. Volunteers with great customer service skills, experience working with underserved clients, and a professional attitude are a must. RN or LPN licensure is required. Apply here! 

Medical Assistants: Volunteer Medical Assistants are needed to serve in both the Montgomery County and Washington, DC Medical Clinics. Volunteers will triage patients, assist providers, collect blood labs, and follow up with referral applications. Bilingual Spanish/English volunteers are especially needed. All volunteer Medical Assistants should be able to communicate in Spanish at the intermediate level or above. Volunteers with great customer service skills, experience working with underserved clients, and a professional attitude are a must. Relevant licensure or certification is required. Prior experience in a relevant field is a plus. The Medical Clinics are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Apply here!

Immigration Legal Services Attorneys: Barred attorneys are needed to accept various cases for clients with our  Immigration Legal Services.  Attorneys will assist with applications for asylum, relief from removal, U visas, T visas, VAWA petitions and more. Volunteers must be in good standing with the DC and/or MD Bar Association. Apply here!

Catholic Charities Legal Network Attorney: Barred attorneys are needed to accept various cases for clients with our Catholic Charities Legal Network. The Legal Network provides legal services for civil cases on a wide range of issues including the following: child custody and visitation, consumer and bankruptcy cases, employment and discrimination cases, landlord-tenant and home foreclosure cases, public entitlement cases, wills, estate and advanced medical directives. Volunteers must be in good standing with the DC and/or MD Bar Association. Apply here!


Produce Mobile Market Volunteer: Lead volunteers are needed to oversee volunteers helping to distribute 8,000+ pounds of fresh produce to approximately 250 low income families in Montgomery County. Volunteers will be lifting 25-50 pounds at a time and will be working outside. Apply here!

Food Shopper: A volunteer with a van is needed to help the McCarrick Family Center shop at the Capital Area Food Bank. The food received from the Capital Area Food Bank stocks our Choice Food Pantry, which serves about 250 households per month. The pantry allows families to pick out their own food, offering them dignity and respect. Volunteer would pick up, deliver and unload food onto pantry shelves. Commitment: 1-4 times per month; Monday or Tuesday morning or afternoon. Apply here!


Tradesmen: Skilled tradesmen are needed to support our Facilities Team with maintenance projects, as needed. Plumbers, electricians, mechanics, carpenters and more are needed. Commitment and schedule varies depending on the project. Apply here!



Accounts Payable Administrative Assistant: Administrative assistant volunteer services are needed in our Finance Accounts Payable office (924 G St., NW DC). This volunteer will perform clerical duties such as: reviewing invoice status’ in financial management software; updating Excel spreadsheets, scanning invoices, and printing and filing documents as needed. Computer literacy and previous work in an office setting is required. Finance and/or banking experience desired.  The ideal candidate will fill this role for one year, 3-4 days per week, and 5-8 hours per day, during typical business hours. Apply here!

McCarrick Center Front Desk Assistant: Volunteers are needed to serve as Front Desk Assistants at the McCarrick Family Center in Montgomery County. These volunteers will assist the Office Manager with front desk and reception duties and, at times, will act autonomously. Volunteers will provide excellent customer service, both in-person and by phone. Volunteers will transfer calls, assist walk-ins and clients with appointments, complete Manna Food referrals, provide information about Catholic Charities programs, and keep the front desk and lobby area clean, organized, and stocked with flyers. Volunteers in this role should have excelled interpersonal skills and a high level of patience. While not required, bilingual English and Spanish volunteers are a huge help. Ideally, volunteers in this role will assist from 1pm-5pm at least 3 days during the work week. Apply here!

Medical Clinic Receptionist: Receptionists/Phone Operators for both the Montgomery County and Washington, DC medical clinics are needed. Volunteers are needed for 4 hours per day, any day of the work week (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). Volunteers will answer and return phone calls for appointments and answer questions/provide information about medical clinic services.  Preference for bilingual Spanish/English; intermediate Spanish proficiency or above. Great customer service skills needed, as is experience working with underserved/underprivileged clients, and a professional attitude. No licensure or certification required. Apply here!

Medical Clinic Administrative Support: The Medical Clinic in Washington, DC is in need of a volunteer office assistant that can support the work of the clinic. The Medical Clinic focuses on helping uninsured Latinos and low-income families get access to health care. The volunteer’s responsibilities will include typing, filing, organizing documents, making copies and other administrative tasks. The volunteer must be comfortable using Microsoft Office products. Additional computer knowledge and skills will also be helpful. This role may be a good fit for someone who wants to gain exposure to the medical field and support the mission of the Catholic Charities Medical Clinic. Apply here!

Dental Clinic Front Desk Receptionist: Volunteers are needed to serve as the Front Desk Receptionist /phone operators in both the Montgomery County and Washington, DC Dental Clinics. Volunteers must be bilingual in Spanish and English. Volunteers will help greet clients when they first walk in, answer telephones, provide information and referrals, and assist with administrative tasks. Volunteers are needed to serve for at least 6 hours a week during either daytime or evening hours. Apply here!



On-Call Volunteers: Throughout the year projects arise for which we need all hands on deck. Whether it be a spruce up project at one of our shelters or a mock interview event with program clients, we maintain a list of volunteers who are ready to spring into action on an on-call basis. If you have a flexible or varying schedule week to week, or month to month, this is a perfect opportunity for you. We ask that all on-call volunteers commit to 3-4 projects a year. Apply here!

On-Call Interpreters for Pro Bono Cases: Interpreters are needed for pro bono legal cases in the Immigration Legal Services program. Volunteers would be placed on a list of interpreters who could be called on an as needed basis. Volunteer commitment would last for the duration of the legal case. Hours and days are flexible based on attorney and volunteer availability, with the majority of work occurring during business hours. Volunteers for this opportunity need to have language fluency and interpretation capability. French and Spanish proficiencies are helpful, but fluent speakers of other languages (Portuguese, Lingala, other less common languages) also desired. Apply here!


Miscellaneous: If you've already been in touch with a Catholic Charities program and have worked with the program staff to develop a unique volunteer role, then we'd love to know about it. Fill out your volunteer application here!


Who Do We Serve?

Clients at Catholic Charities come from all walks of life - ages, races, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. Many suffer from extreme poverty, and we work closely with them to address its underlying causes: unemployment, addiction, education, domestic abuse, severe health issues, and more. To each man, woman, and child who comes to our doors, we strive to offer the best services possible, meeting their immediate needs while empowering them to take steps towards self-sufficiency.

Questions? Please email


Catholic Charities

924 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 772-4300

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